Morton Pumpkin Festival

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Morton Pumpkin Festival

Annually Mid- September

Downtown • Morton, IL 61550

309-263-2491 • www.mortonpumpkinfestival.org

In 1967, the first Morton Pumpkin Festival was organized by the Morton Chamber of Commerce. It has since become an annual celebration of the beginning of the pumpkin harvest and canning season at the village’s local LIBBY’S pumpkin plant. In 1978, the Governor of Illinois signed a proclamation declaring Morton, Illinois the “Pumpkin Capital of the World” since 85% of the world’s canned pumpkin is processed in Morton. Today, the Morton Pumpkin Festival includes countless special events and venues organized and hosted by the Morton Chamber of Commerce and more than 2,000 volunteers. The Pumpkin Festival is held annually in mid-September and welcomes an estimated 70,000 visitors each year to enjoy pumpkin foods, live entertainment, parades, a 10K race, and much more!

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